Missions like NuSTAR, NICER, Chandra, and Swift help us study material swirling around black holes, which heats up to millions of degrees and glows in X-rays. We can see how black holes interact with stuff around them, and sometimes we catch them snacking: tmblr.co/Zz_Uqjb8WiUFKW…
Pulsars are a type of neutron star — the rapidly spinning crushed core of a massive star — that emit beams of X-ray light we see as flashes. Our NICER telescope has helped us map their surfaces and even gives us a better idea of what’s inside of them: tmblr.co/Zz_Uqja0lBwgme…
X-ray light can help us study what happens when huge stars explode. This image of supernova remnant Cassiopeia A shows two shock waves — a slow inner one and a faster outer one — around a neutron star. Fun fact: This was the first image released by @Chandra Observatory!
Our X-ray telescopes usually focus on the universe outside the @NASA Solar System, but sometimes they make discoveries within it! NuSTAR recently observed the highest-energy light ever detected from Jupiter and helped solve a decades-old mystery: go.nasa.gov/3RwdkL7
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